A phrase you might encounter in the lighting design world is "layered lighting."
Simply put, layered lighting involves the use of multiple lighting types to create a well-lit and balanced space. Think ambient lighting for overall illumination, task lighting for work areas (e.g. countertops or desks), and accent lighting for areas of interest and/or a particular object of interest (such as a piece of artwork).
Below are some of the hottest trends we're seeing in layered lighting.
LED accent lighting is emerging as a preferred method. We've written about LEDs' many benefits, including longer lifespans and increased energy savings. Plus, when you use LEDs, you no longer need to get into crevices or struggle with tiny bulbs.
LED tape lighting is the perfect multi-purpose tool. Use it for…
- Cove Lighting. Cove lighting is an indirect form of accent lighting, where lighting is added behind ledges, coves, and so forth in order to hide the fixture. The light is then directed across a wall or towards a ceiling to cast a diffused glow. It can create a powerful, dramatic effect.
- Toe Kick Lighting. Adding lighting to the bottoms of your cabinets, closets, etc. (the "toe kick") adds a fantastic glow that not only looks good, but also helps with safety. Think about trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night: the toe kick lighting can safely point the way without having to turn on an overhead light.
- Under Sink/Counter Lighting. More and more people are using this application in bathrooms to create the illusion of a floating sink (as seen in our Waltham bathroom installation). Under counter lighting can also add a fun stretch of lighting under a bar.
- Above cabinet lighting. Above-cabinet lighting adds ambiance. Try it with RGB (color changing) LEDs to add some fun pops of color and to cast a beautiful overall glow.
Some types of LED tape can be wet-listed, making it appropriate for use in bathrooms and outdoors (e.g. porch railings).